“Radhey-Radhey”.This is the very first couplet echoes, round the time, in Vrindavan.I’d just entered in the city and heard “Radhey- Radhey”, from a foreigner in his native phonetics. I thought he was wishing me. But, NO. I was wrong. He had to overtake me. By calling “Radhey- Radhey”, he meant to say “Excuse Me.”
“Let me go ahead” In this city of love “Radhey- Radhey” is the philosophy of life. Since the time immemorial (historians may set some particular period), “Radhey- Radhey” is in common practice. It’s, perhaps, only couplet, which is able to interpret scores of words here. I mean, in terms of meanings. The foreigner’s voice includes one of them.Virndavan is the city of Lord Krishna. The city of Love. City of Karma. City of Devotion.The rhythm of “Radhey- Radhey” is fine tuned within cells of this city. If one has to offer prayer to beloved Kanha or welcome a stranger, “Radhey- Radhey” is more than enough.“Radhey- Radhey” is on display everywhere. Be it the scarf on shoulder, fluorescent glow signs in market, every entrance, back of rickshaws, flashy mobikes or cars. Almost all the moving and still objects have “Radhey- Radhey”, irrespective of their shape and size. They feel “Radhey- Radhey” much stronger in comparison to any ‘T’ or pressure horn of heavy motor vehicles.You’re walking through the lane and again you hear, “Radhey- Radhey”. It may be a rickshaw-wallah, asking you to give him passage to go ahead. There are no rickshaw puller with a Horne bell in this common transport vehicle.If you’re walking through the lane decorated with shops of foodies, the boys deputed for catching customers would simply say, “Radhey- Radhey”.
What you mean? Firstly it is their reception wishes, and secondly , “Please come in” . Single word, two meaning. I asked for the way to Baanke Bihari temple. Only “Radhey- Radhey” delivered from his tongue, and his right arm was signaling the right path.How a word gets involved with the way of life. Philosophy of life. Say, all walks of life. “Radhey-Radhey” is best example of rendition of a word into life. Krishna was born here. He lives in the heart of all the Vrindanvasis. Krishna loves Radha. People love Krishna. So, people love Radha to love Krishna. The people are eager to please Krishna, and His beloved Radha, simultaneously. They chant “Radhey- Radhey”. To hear Krishna. To be with Krishna. To feel the warmth of Krishna. To seek affectionate blessings from Krishna. They sing “Radhey- Radhey”. They dance to the tune of “Radhey- Radhey”. 24×7. Round the clock.
I was moving amidst the ambience of “Radhey- Radhey”, and recalling the echo of “Mahadev”. The Kashivasis (residents of Varanasi) say “Mahaa…dev…” to wish each other.In Vrindavan they wish by saying “Radhey- Radhey”. Same practice in Varanasi. If one wishes someone with regard and respect, he would also respond in a similar way, saying, “Mahaa…dev…” in the characteristic sacred style with a touch of divine musical rhythm.Both the words, there, have almost replaced ‘Hello’. However, “Radhey- Radhey” seems more prominent, as compared to “Mahedev”. “Radhey- Radhey” is the only word that can be heard most of the time in Vrindavan.Irrespective of caste, religion or race, everybody visiting there can be found dancing on the tune of “Radhey- Radhey”. The people, while being in the city, get synchronized with the term “Radhey- Radhey”.If you compare Varanasi and Vrindavan, you’ll find your mind full of Divine Masti when you’re in city of Moksha while a serene spiritual pleasure in the special zone of LOVE.This may be a blissful sojourn of life. Say, “Radhey- Radhey” if you want to wish some one. Say, “Radhey- Radhey” if you’re receiving your cell phone.
After the day long ferrying, I’ve reached the periphery of the city. The dusk was knocking at. This was the time when Krishna along with his herd of cows, might have been on the way home. A man asked me about the way to Baanke Bihari temple.My hand raised towards the way, saying “Radhey-Radhey”.
[Republished, earliar posted on December 18, 2011 on http://www.politicscope.com]